Admirals sign rookie forward Bertuzzi for 2022-23 season

October 12, 2022 – ECHL (ECHL) – Norfolk Admirals Press Release

Norfolk, Va. — The Norfolk Admirals Professional Hockey Club, proud affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Wolves, announced Wednesday that forward Tag Bertuzzi has signed a contract with the club for the upcoming season.


Bertuzzi, 21, will play his first season as a professional in the United States this season. He attended the Charlotte Checkers camp before signing with Norfolk on Wednesday.

The Vancouver, BC native spent the 2021-22 season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Flint Firebirds. In 63 games, Bertuzzi had 45 points (21g, 24a), as well as nine points in 19 playoff games. In 2020-21 he played with HK Levice in Slovakia, where in 22 games he scored 23 points (7g, 16a). His OHL career began in 2017-18 with the Guelph Storm and ended with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2019-20.

His father, Todd, played 18 NHL seasons with a total of 1,159 games played with the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and the Calgary Flames. His cousin, Tyler, currently plays for Detroit and just finished a 62-point season for the Red Wings, which was second-best on the team.

In a corresponding move, the Admirals released goaltender Kristian Stead from his pro try contact.

The Admirals kick off the 2022-23 season against the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday, October 21. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Norfolk Scope. Single tickets for the upcoming season are ON SALE NOW.

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